I was born in Krakow, Poland, where I received my MS degree in Biology at the medieval Jagiellonian University.
My first post-grad position was at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University, UK where I was hired to run mass spectrometry core. I was responsible for HPLC and Mass Spectrometry operation, proteomic experiments, developing new techniques, and data analysis. This experience gave me strong foundations in biochemical methods. While interacting daily with high-caliber scientists such as Dr. Peter Ratcliffe, a recent Nobel Prize laureate, I developed my passion for science, and I designed my own research project. I was especially intrigued by the host-pathogen interactions and the ubiquitin system. This eventually led me to obtain my Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) degree at Oxford University.
I graduated in 2010 and obtained my research faculty job a month later at MSU (USA). I shortly moved to a tenure-track faculty position in a College of Veterinary Medicine. Apart from smaller NSF, USDA funds, I received a major fund from the National Institutes of Health to study host innate immune response to bacterial infection. However, when I was offered a faculty position at the University of Florida, I did not hesitate to leave for this new great opportunity.
I started UF tenure-track position in August 2015. My current research pertains to the extracellular vesicles, bioactive lipids, inflammation, and host-pathogen interactions in Gram-negative infections.